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How does US worsted classification 4 compare with UK yarns in knitting?

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Ross Pratt on June 25, 2018

See http://www.YarnStandards.com of how the categories of yarn weights compare in terms of relative gauges and sizes of needle were used to achieve those meters. Worsted weight (Category 4 - Medium) is the yarn commonly used to knit sweaters in the U.S. u.k. knitters often use a slightly thinner thread called "DK" (double knitting), which falls in Category 3 - Light. Worsted weight yarn is typically knit at 20 sts/4 in or 10 cm on US 7/4.5 mm needles, while the DK weight yarn is typically knit at 22 sts/4 inches or 10 cm on US 5/3.75 mm needles. Some countries still use the age of 2 layers, 4 layers, 6 layers, 8-ply rating to describe the threads, where 4-ply is fingering weight, 6-ply is sport weight, 8-ply is DK, and 10-ply is worsted weight. One of the problems with that system of classification is that it assumes a standard layer of weight. There are many threads these days (especially in the Bulky and Super Bulky category 5 and 6) which are of a single ply that knits in various gauges in various sizes of needle.


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